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Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is a 15 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Gainesville, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.0 miles Elevation Gain: 259 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

stroller friendly

horseback riding

road biking

trail running

walking

bird watching

paved

views

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

We took the bikes down this trail. A lot of fun and a lot of interesting things to see.

hiking
4 months ago

I love this trail! Lots of natural scenery and a bit hilly. Trail has a few entrances. Definitely a favorite here in Gainesville.

road biking
4 months ago

great bike trail! kinda hilly in some sections! so definitely best with gears

road biking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail! We rented bikes from the Freewheel Project, off South Main Street. We started at the Gainesville end and rode toward Hawthorn. The trail is well maintained and passes through a lot of shady woods. I was surprised how densely wooded the area is, right in downtown Gainesville. This is a point to point, paved trail. You can start and end from several places. We didn’t have any issues with car break in activity, but it looks like that may be a problem. Would highly recommend this as a nice change of pace, especially if you have been doing a lot of hiking..

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent trail that meanders through shade forests and open sky. We were only able to bike a few miles out, but would love to do the entire length should we visit Gainesville again. If you’re looking for bike rentals at a fair price, then check with the friendly staff at The Freewheel Project at 618 S Main St., Gainesville, Tel: 352-378-2100. Have fun on the trail!

walking
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Great trail to walk, hike, bike, and skate. Lots of little stop offs you can make to explore the surround woods.

mountain biking
Monday, February 12, 2018

Nice paved trail with varied terrain through natural areas. Tons of side trails and Payne’s Prairie is lovely. Lots of fun ups and downs.

road biking
Monday, November 13, 2017

I bike this trail several times a week. I'm not sure what I'd do without it!

hiking
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Nice clean trail. Enjoyable walk.

road biking
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Love it

road biking
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I've been riding this trail for years and it never gets old. With every season comes a new trail. Smooth path, pretty frequent scenic stops. A must-ride if you are in the area.

road biking
Saturday, January 09, 2016

One of the best trails around for road biking. Watch out for heavy pedestrian/rollerblade/stroller traffic the first couple of miles, but after that the traffic fades away and you get to experience many different ecosystems with little traffic (except the occasional cross street) to worry about. Hit up the trail early in the morning and you will likely see turkeys and deer, and maybe even a wild boar. Just don't get too relaxed, as these critters are unpredictable (I came up on a guy who had somersaulted his bike over a wild boar one time). Really, the Gainesville-Hawthorne trail is one of the true gems in this area, a very scenic ride, and a great way to get some shaded exercise in the brutal Florida summer.

hiking
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trail running
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road biking
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